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Reverse Mortgages

Some Baby Boomers have found themselves financially between a rock and a hard place. Rising costs, insufficient retirement savings and, in some cases, health issues, have forced seniors to consider taking out a reverse mortgage on the only asset they own. Is it a good idea? read more…

Stocks should move higher from here

It was a good week for investors. The S&P 500 Index hit an all-time high. The Fed indicated that they might cut interest rates sometime soon, and the President is once again optimistic about a China trade agreement. That’s a heady cocktail that could see markets gain another 3-5% over the next few weeks. read more…

Why FHA loans are so popular

Federal Housing Authority Loans have long been one of the most popular types of mortgage loans available. Roughly 20% of all mortgage applicants will choose an FHA loan because it makes total economic sense to do so. And the older you are, the more important having an FHA approved dwelling becomes. read more…

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The coming crisis in caregiving

If you thought the nation has problems with Social Security and Medicare, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Today, more than two-thirds of Americans assume they will be able to rely on a family member to meet their long-term care needs if needed. My advice: don’t count on it, and here’s why. read more…

Markets held hostage by trade and machines

If it were not for computer-driven trading, it might actually be funny. Financial markets are careening up and down on a daily basis based on the next tweet or comment from the Trump Administration or its counterparts in China. We could see more of the same next week. read more…

Markets sell in May

 

The old adage “sell in May and go away” seems to be working this year. In short order all three averages experienced a down draft over the past few days that amounted to about a 5% decline in total. Is there more to go on the downside?

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Epidemic pulls pork prices higher

The African Swine Fever could cause prices in China to spike 70% or more this year. The highly infectious disease is spreading throughout Asia and could lead to a large increase in the price of pork here at home as well. read more…

Tariffs trash stocks

Volatility in the form of U.S. trade tariffs levied on China cut through investors’ complacency with a vengeance this week. It took less than three days to drop the markets by 3%. Is it over or do we have another 5% or so to endure?

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Bill Schmick was born in a blue-collar neighborhood of Philadelphia, just a few blocks north of “Rocky Balboa” territory where most of his Catholic schoolmates grew up to be either cops or criminals. He narrowly escaped both professions by volunteering to fight in Vietnam as a U.S. Marine... Read More

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